Peck, Justin, 1987–, American ballet dancer and choreographer, b. Washington, D.C. He trained at New York City Ballet's School of American Ballet, where he was influenced by the choreography of George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Joining the company as a dancer (2007), he was promoted to soloist (2013) and named resident choreographer (2014). Among the works Peck has choreographed for City Ballet are Year of the Rabbit (2012), Paz de la Jolla (2013), based on California's beach culture and the subject of the documentary Ballet 422, Everywhere We Go (2014), Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes (2015), New Blood (2015), Principia (2019), and Rotunda (2020). Peck created Debonair (2014) for Pacific Northwest Ballet and Heatscape (2015) for Miami City Ballet. In 2016 City Ballet premiered his first narrative piece, The Most Incredible Thing, drawn from a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. Peck's choreography is known especially for its outstanding ensemble work, seamlessly moving groups in and out of complex geometric patterns with speed and exuberance.
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